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Parent's Page is SBGR Parent Newsletter about Early Learning. Issues are posted monthly.

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Starting preschool or kindergarten is a special day for parents and children, and there's a lot you can do in the weeks before to get ready for the first day.  But try to keep your efforts low-key.  If you make too big a deal out of this milestone, your child may end up being more worried than excited. Here are some ideas from Smart Beginnings to keep the focus on fun. Here are some ideas from Zero to Three.org to keep the focus on fun.

photo Mar-Apr K-readiness articleAlthough the 2014-2015 school year is still several months away, local elementary schools are beginning to register children for Kindergarten. Any child who will be five years old by September 30, 2014 is able to enroll for Kindergarten this next fall. But being old enough isn’t always the same thing as being ready.

MP900402587From the time a baby is born, a child’s brain begins learning important skills that are needed for future school success. These skills are best learned through active play experiences. Parents can help maximize early learning by choosing toys that encourage active participation and higher level thinking.

But what kinds of toys are best to help develop school readiness skills?  Smart Beginnings has great suggestions for toys that are not only fun, but will help your child be ready for school and ready for life!

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"The impact of our community's collective efforts around school readiness through Smart Beginnings has captured the attention of many people around the world. It demonstrates that positive changes can happen when we are focused, and collect quality data for the same outcomes in a coordinated and collaborative manner."


 Frank Rogan, United Way of Roanoke Valley president & CEO

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The United Way of Roanoke Valley serves as the fiscal agent for Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke.

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